Harris DeckerLast night, the Knicks played a competitive game, almost beating the Toronto Raptors. If not for a huge drop off in the level of play during the 4th quarter, they would have pulled out the win. The Raptors sit in first place in the Atlantic Division, placing them in the playoffs. If the Knicks had won, they would have pulled to within 2 games of a playoff spot.
Carmelo Anthony sat out last night with a leg injury and it’s safe to say that with him on the court, the Knicks likely win that game. He is the type of player that can beat a team like the Raptors by himself. Sure it’s been an up and down season for him but last night, he would have made a difference.
So where does that leave us as Knicks fans?
Come April, the Knicks will be competing for the Atlantic Division title. They are as talented as any team in the division and Anthony is the best player in the division. He will get them into that position.
But what does that mean for the Knicks? They aren’t as good as any of the potential playoff teams outside the Atlantic and will likely be one and done in the playoffs. They don’t have a draft pick in 2014 so tanking doesn’t make sense. A playoff birth seems like the only thing to play for and the promise of winning anything once April arrives seems like an impossibility.
For now, it will have to be enough. We can all look to 2015 and the potential of a slew of free agents coming to New York. But for 2013, this is it. The Knicks are a bad team in a weak division. They are the most talented in a group of very unimpressive teams. The Nets and Knicks will battle into April once they get their feet under them. The Atlantic Division will continue to be the weakest in the NBA and fighting to be bounced in the first round will have to be enough for ’13-’14.